Jesse Lewis was a victim of Sandy Hook tragedy whose action saved the lives of nine classmates. The message he left behind, “Nurturing, Healing, Love” are words which define compassion across all cultures and make up a powerful and profound formula for choosing love.
Scarlett works to promote social and emotional education in our schools through the Choose Love Enrichment Program providing educators with free social and emotional learning (SEL) tools for pre-K through grade 12 students. The lessons teach children how they have the power to choose love using the character values of courage, gratitude, forgiveness and compassion in action as well as the latest neuroscience and brain research.
Scarlett has been instrumental in changing legislation to incorporate SEL into schools. The Jesse Lewis Empowering Educators Act was introduced by Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal and, in December 2015, Congress approved Every Student Achieves Act to advance and support SEL.
Scarlett is the recipient of the International Forgiveness Award, the Live Your Legacy Award and the Common Ground Award for her advocacy work for peace and forgiveness.
Scarlett graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Communications in 1990. She has worked in the finance industry as a bond trader, investment banker and real estate. When she became a parent for the first time, Scarlett wrote and published a children’s book, Rose’s Foal. Scarlett is an artist and avid horsewoman; she lives in Connecticut with her son, JT.
Scarlett reveals a simple formula for choosing love and how this formula can be used in almost any circumstance to promote self empowerment, resilience, connection and optimism.
Scarlett discusses her journey and describes how Jesse’s message has taught her to embracing a deep-er meaning of gratitude, forgiveness and compassion. Scarlett describes how you can:
- Use a formula for choosing love in any situation
- Face the impossible
- Find courage when you think you have none
- Cultivate faith instead of fear
- Choose a loving thought over an angry one
- The power of choice
- The physical, mental and emotional benefits of choosing love
- The neuroscience and brain research behind choosing love
Social and Emotional Learning
Scarlett addresses a need that has been lacking in the educational experience: social and emotional learning. She discusses her own SEL project, The Choose Love Enrichment Program, which provides tools that teach children that they have the power to choose a loving thought over an angry one. Using the latest neuroscience, the program addresses new ways to effectively teach emotional intelligence in a logical sequence focusing on awareness and mindfulness. The overlying message woven throughout the program is “Although we can’t always choose what happens to us, we can always choose how to respond in every situation.”
Cultivating a Healthy Workplace Environment
Based on the science and research behind successful “Social and Emotional Learning” programs, Scarlett provides adults in the corporate world the same tools that support and promote healthy interaction, cultivate happiness and enable employees to have healthy perspective without being distracted by negativity. The program provides the support and tools for heightened self-awareness and understanding the opportunity to take personal responsibility for one’s actions and reactions to peers, supervisors, and others in the workplace.
“It is my great pleasure to recommend Scarlett Lewis as a speaker. Scarlett brings great pas-sion and inspiration to her message of forgiveness, healing and hope. Scarlett inspired a crowd of 300 people and to this day I encounter people who attended and say it was the best one they have ever attended. I give Scarlet my highest recommendation without reservation as a speaker for any event. Her message is a universal one and strikes at the heart, mind and soul of all people,”
-Tom Petrizzo, CEO, Tri-County Mental Health Services, Inc.
“It really brought to mind a lot of things that happen to me that I could be upset or angry about but I’m going to look at it differently now. I’m really going to come away from this with a different attitude.”
-Karen Delvecchio, Student, Quinnipiac University
“Your life story makes me want to do more and to be more. I know without a doubt Jesse’s spirit was right here with me provoking thoughts and ideas of how to make a differ-ence in my own life/community.”
“Your conviction is creating a ripple effect and the importance of these life lessons in social and emotional awareness must become para-mount within our schools and society if we want to see a change. Love is not the ultimate solution, but it is always the answer.”
Turning a heart breaking tragedy into a mission to help the world is just an amazing task. This makes me want to choose love every day. This message can truly change the world one heart at a time.
“We’re all benefitting from your inspirational journey. Thank you! “
-P. Dolcetti Clements
“Jesse’s words are on the wall of my office where I see them every time I look at my computer. How profound is it that a courageous first grader is one of my heroes. When I feel lost his words bring me back to center, he is still at work. Keep up the great work you are doing.”